Ronald Desruelles, Belgian athlete, Died at 60


Ronald Desruelles was born on February 14, 1955, and died on November 1, 2015.

He was a Belgian athlete. He started as a long jumper, and achieved a personal best of 8.08 in 1979, a national record that stood for 17 years.

Ronald then concentrated on the short sprints, and won numerous medals in 60 metres.

With 6.57 seconds in 1986 he was ranked third on the indoor top performers list that season.

Ronald lost a gold medal at the 1980 European Indoor Championships, however, because of a doping offense.

Ronald won the Belgian 100 metres championships 7 times.

He also won the 200 in 1985. In the 1986 European championships in Stuttgart he reached the 100 m semi-final.

Ronald was born in Antwerp. His brother Patrick Desruelles competed in the men’s pole vault.

Ronald Desruelles was found dead in a hotel in Thailand on November 1, 2015. He was 60.